As many of you will know, intellectual property law is one of the hottest territories in the legal profession right now. In today’s blog post, we’re highlighting the first in our series of the most noteworthy IP disputes in recent years, from the world of fiction to fashionable dolls.
The Da Vinci Code Case
Authors of the non-fiction book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claimed author of best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, infringed on the copyright of their publication. Interestingly, the case was based on “non-literal” copying, since Brown didn’t directly copy text from Baigent and Leigh’s book. Rather the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail alleged it was the “manner” in which Brown told his story which was plagiarized.
Ultimately, the claimants’ case was dismissed in 2006, when it was ruled that there was neither textual, nor non-textual copying.
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